Individuals and Travellers

Bringing medicine into Australia

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You do not need a permit to bring in most prescription medicines even if they contain a controlled substance, so long as:

  • you are arriving in Australia as a passenger on board a ship or aircraft
  • the medicine is carried in your accompanied baggage
  • you carry a letter or copy of your prescription (written in English) from your Doctor to certify that the medicine has been prescribed to you to treat a medical condition
  • the quantity of the medicine does not exceed three months' supply.

You should leave your medicine in its original packaging.


Prescription medicine


Some medicines always require a permit. This includes steroids, products containing DHEA, yohimbine, thalidomide, fenticlor and triparanol. Import permits for these medicines are issued by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

If you run out of medication, you will need to either see a Doctor in Australia to have the medicine prescribed and supplied in Australia (if it is available in Australia) or you will need to check whether you need to apply for a permit from Therapeutic Goods Administration before you arrange have medicine sent to you.

Related websites

Bringing medications into Australia or taking medications out of Australia
Travelling with medicines fact sheet